CLINTON, Iowa - Tim Shibuya shut out the Clinton LumberKings on Saturday night as he went nine innings in a 5-0 Kernels win.
Shibuya (4-0) went all nine innings and allowed no runs on four hits. He struck out six and walked one for the complete-game, shutout victory. At one point he retired 16 LumberKings in a row.
The Kernels jumped in front of the LumberKings with a run in the top of the first inning. Jonathan Murphy and Tyler Grimes started the frame with back to back singles. Max Kepler later scored Murphy with a RBI sacrifice fly, putting the Kernels up 1-0.
Murphy scored again to put the Kernels ahead 2-0 in the third inning. He tripled to right-center to begin the inning and came home on a RBI single by Grimes.
Mike Gonzales launched a solo home run to deep right field in the fourth inning, extending the Kernels lead to 3-0. It was the fifth of the season for Gonzales.
The Kernels pushed their lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning. Jorge Polanco started the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Then, Bo Altobelli's two-out, RBI single to left field plated Polanco.
The Kernels added a run in the ninth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Travis Harrison led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a throwing error by LumberKings first baseman Taylor Ard.
David Holman (4-8) went eight innings for the Clinton loss. He allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out one and walking one.
NEXT GAME:Sunday, September 1 @ Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) - 2:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids: RHP Tim Atherton (8-4, 2.61) v. Clinton: LHP Steven Ewing (1-1, 4.91)
NEXT HOME GAME: Thursday, September 5 v. Quad Cities - 6:35 p.m.
(Game 2-MWL Playoffs - Quarterfinals)
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